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RAY BRADBURY, one of the most popular science-fiction writers in the world, is the author of more than five hundred short stories, novels, plays, and poems. He has won many awards, including the National Book Award and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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In this collection of half-hour radio performances, more than a dozen performers bring Bradbury's stories about Martians, dinosaurs, space travel, and mystery to life. As with any collection, some fare better than others. One of the best is "Dark They Were and Golden Eyed," performed by a full cast. It's about a family of Earthlings that moves to Mars, where they're haunted by the long-dead Martians. The actors, sound effects, and Bradbury's spooky unfolding of the plot act in perfect unison. It's a story made for audio. At the other end of the spectrum is "The Happiness Machine," in which the actors try so hard to sound Jewish that the result is distracting. M.S. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441715088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441715081
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WilliamVW on November 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is an adapted collection of Ray Bradbury tales from the `50s and '60s. In fact, the first Short Shorts review I ever did, for Bradbury's "The Veldt," is in this collection. There are time traveling hunters who have an unfortunate meeting with a T. Rex, a machine just guaranteed to make anyone happy...until it doesn't, a team that makes supposedly first contact with a new planet one day too late, and more - thirteen stories total. NPR ended up pouring $120,000 into making this into a fully cast production, complete with sound effects and musical score. I'm too young to have enjoyed radio dramas, but that's exactly what these are. They originally debuted on radio, with one story in every 30-minute segment. I only found one story in the set, "The Screaming Woman," that I found disappointing. Sure, many of the stories sound quaint and archaic. Bradbury is prone to his bouts of gee-whiz, Golden Age of Sci-Fi sentimentality. You can't survive in space with just an air helmet. There are no abandoned cities on Mars. We know all these things now. But if you can set that aside and let your imagination roll back and see such things as fantasy more than science, then the humanity and symbolism that Bradbury excels at so deeply shines through.

The CD version of Bradbury 13 sells for $16 and change on Amazon, $11.95 as an Audible download, and $13.95 from the publisher, Blackstone Audio, if you like supporting the little guy. Search YouTube for "Bradbury 13 The Ravine" for a free and probably not-so-legal preview. I could swear that at one point I found the individual stories available to download for three bucks each, but danged if I can locate the link now. No matter what, I can't recommend this collection enough. It's nostalgic, fun, inspiring, and maybe, just maybe, it'll spark in you the same passion I have for reading by audiobook.

-- From my Short Shorts review on the Sci-Guys podcast
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Schaffer on July 17, 2011
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If you are a fan of audio drama you absolutely can't miss this one! The scripts are truly superb adaptations of Ray Bradbury's original stories, the acting is top flight, even the music scores for the episodes are excellent; way beyond the standard for radio drama.

I'll go so far as to say that these are finest dramatizations of Mr. Bradbury's work ever done in any medium.

These programs have been nearly impossible to get your hands on for years (I was introduced to them via cassette tapes recorded off the air). It is wonderful to see them available for purchase once again. These episodes have very good sound quality and so are worth picking up on conventional CD instead of the MP3 version also available. The sound quality of these stereo programs is so good, why not hear them in all thier glory instead of in the limited, compressed fidelity of MP3?

If you are a fan of either the stories of Ray Bradbury or of superbly produced radio dramas then this series is truly a must for you!

I give this series the very highest rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
I was first introduced to the Bradbury 13 collection in 1988. For nearly three years I listened to the complete set (almost 7 hours) each and every month. I can not explain in words how great this audio collection is. Bradbury 13, while only audio, creates a visual in your mind so exciting that I can honestly say the best video experience doesn't even come close. Best when listened to on an old radio, in an old room, during a thunderstorm. Like I said, I'm an avid film buff but no movie I have ever seen comes close to the excitment of this audio collection. These are surely the greatest radio dramas ever recorded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
Thirteen of the finest fully dramatized short stories you're likely to find. Produced for radio, each drama is approximately 30 minutes in length and based on a classic story by Ray Bradbury. Original music, great acting and masterful adaptations meet to create a treat for fans and newcomers alike. Highlights include: Sound of Thunder, The Happiness Machine, The Veldt and The Wind. Simply the best of it's kind (as good as any of the BBC radio productions). You'll wish they hadn't stopped at thirteen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abeer Y. Hoque on November 13, 2012
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I downloaded the audiobook "Bradbury Thirteen" (adapted from short stories by Ray Bradbury), expecting the usual single narrated voice to tell me stories while I went running. Instead, it was the audio version of a technicolour cinematic experience. With over a dozen performers and gorgeous original music, each of my next 13 runs were infused with old time voices, space voyages, aliens, dinosaurs, killers, and ghosts, and all manner of 50s style characters: gee whiz kids, upright astronauts, sassy spinsters, and so on.

Since I've only just started to listen to podcasts, I have little context for this kind of (spectacular) radio art. And while on the dated (and patriarchal) side, the stories were interesting, and almost every single one had something, a hint of technology or psychology or astronomy, that was startlingly prescient, either of what has already come to pass, or what might.

Other than the generally awesome titles ("Dark They Were and Golden Eyed"), my favourites included "The Happiness Machine" - which turns the tables on the machine's inventor when his reluctant harried wife has a go at it, "The Fox and the Forest" about a couple that flees a war torn 2155 to 20th century Mexico but are tracked (with a crazy but ripped from the current headlines denouement), and "Night Call, Collect" which is a modern and psychologically twisted tale, despite its antiquated technologies.

If you're into classic scifi, delivered in high audio style, this is your bag.
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